Compost is so Hot Right Now

One of the greatest joys of moving into our own house has been the ability to get back to my old habits and start composting again.

When I lived in Vancouver, my roommates and I always prioritized setting up a compost bin on our balconies or in our backyards to keep our ecological footprints to a minimum. Vancouver also offered a lot more in the ways of green city services (sorry, Winnipeg). When I moved back to the prairies though it wasn’t as easy to convince landlords to let me throw rotting vegetables onto my deck. So when we moved in to our home, I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect little nook in our backyard where we could store our scraps.


Part of my mission when I joined the IKEA Canada Sustainable Living Project was to make composting easier and to reduce our overall household garbage. Installing the VARIERA recycling bin under our sink using the UTRUSTA organizer (see the post about that here) was our first step to upping our compost amounts while reducing the number of trips we needed to make to the backyard. The VARIERA is a great size for our needs and has a folding handle so it is easy to carry. It’s also easy to clean when all those veggies start to decompose and stick together.

Thanks to these small changes, I can happily report our trash bag amounts have gone down. Like, waaay down. And truthfully, I’m not sure I would have kept up much with composting if I needed to make a daily trip out to the bin. It’s sad, there aren’t many steps out there, but when life adds up sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is leave our house to toss your smelly veggie scraps. VARIERA really knocked that daily task down to once every 4-5 days (depending on how often we’re home and cooking).

Here’s a snapshot of our improvements:

Week 1 – 4 trash bags

Week 2 – 1 trash bag

Week 3 – 1 trash bag

Week 4 – 1 trash bag

This really goes to show just how much of your waste is compostable. Since we also have a small veggie garden we tend to in the summer, I can’t help but feel this was a win-win for us. We get a healthier garden, and the earth gets one more healthy household.